Posts by Charlie

Can – Tago Mago (1971)

Can – Tago Mago (1971)

“You must play monotonous” – unattributed Sometimes the most bizarre of circumstances lead to inspiration. For Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit,...

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)

Sam Cutler recently made a comment in the documentary A Long Strange Trip that’s really stuck with me. He proposes that American bands...

Alvvays – Antisocialites (2017)

      Molly Rankin has one of those voices in pop that I think is absolutely perfect. Ever since...

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (1960)

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (1960)

The premise behind My Favorite Things is simple. Take a famous show tune, shift it a direction and stretch it to...

Grachan Moncur III – Evolution (1964)

Grachan Moncur III – Evolution (1964)

In the post-bop explosion of the early 60s, Blue Note was the home of countless innovations. With Andrew Hill, Eric...

Nas – Lost Tapes (2002)

Nas – Lost Tapes (2002)

The beginning of Nas’ career is stuff of legends. Illmatic immediately solidified Nas as a critic’s darling, as publications raved about the...

Archie Shepp – Four For Trane (1964)

Tribute albums are an oddly common occurrence and all too often they’re complete failures. It takes a unique band or...

Cameron Graves – Planetary Prince (2017)

Cameron Graves – Planetary Prince (2017)

Despite a slight surge in popularity, modern jazz seems to have a poor reputation. Too often, it’s criticized for a...

Joe Henderson – In ‘N Out (1965)

Joe Henderson – In ‘N Out (1965)

Joe Henderson – In ‘N Out Most jazz fans will probably recognize Joe Henderson from his work as a sideman....

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas (1994)

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas (1994)

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas The landscape of mainstream music seemed to be in an odd transitional phase right as...